Health briefs

By Sarah Willets

March 8, 2014

LUMBERTON — A fibromyalgia patient will share their success story during a meeting of the Fibromyalgia Support Group on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Southeastern Lifestyle Day Spa, which is located behind the Southeastern Lifestyle Center for Fitness and Rehabilitation at 4895 Fayetteville Road.

The group is sponsored by the Southeastern Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Center and the Rehabilitation Services department of Southeastern Health. Registration is required by calling 910-735-2830 or emailing

LUMBERTON — Lumberton Surgical Associates Dr. Samuel Britt, a general surgeon, will present “Colon Cancer: Who’s at risk and how to prevent?” on March 27 at 7:30 a.m. in the retail space beside Belk at Biggs Park Mall.

Free breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. Participants can walk around the mall with Britt following the event, which is sponsored by Biggs Park Mall and Gibson Cancer Center. For information, call 910-671-5762.

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Hospice will hold a special training series for new volunteers from Wednesday through March 28.

The sessions will be held every Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Southeastern Home Care Services, 2002 N. Cedar St. Sessions are mandatory for volunteers who work with hospice patients and their families in their homes or at Southeastern Hospice House.

Volunteers must consent to a background check and TB skin test. For information or to register, contact Sheryl Taylor at 910-735-8915 or The registration deadline is Friday.

LUMBERTON — Drs. Eric Velazquez and Bamdad Farhad, both of Southeastern Surgical Center, will host seminars on a variety of weight loss surgery options, including adjustable gastric band, sleeve gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Velazquez will host a seminar on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Southeastern Weight Loss Center, located within the Southeastern Health Mall on the campus of Biggs Park Mall, and on March 26 at Southeastern Health Pembroke, located at 923 Third St. Farhad will host a seminar on March 25 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the weight loss center.

Dr. Barry Williamson, of Lumberton Surgical Associates, will host a seminar on LAP-BAND on March 18 from 6 to 7 p.m., also at the weight loss center.

Registration is required for all seminars by calling 910-608-0307.

LUMBERTON — Biggs Park Mall and Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center will partner to host a “Going for the Gold” mall walk on Thursday. The general public is invited to wear green and walk around the inside of the mall from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walkers should register at the center for refreshments and prizes. For information, call 910-671-9393.

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center will host a Laughter Yoga session on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. at the center, located in Biggs Park Mall. For information, call 910-671-9393.